I did it! Last Friday, I got an offer letter for a permanent, full-time job with benefits. And of course, I accepted!
I will be working as a Legislative Assistant at a trade association here in Downtown Sacramento. I will be working in the Government Affairs and Public Policy department, which will be a huge change for me considering all the nonprofit fundraising/recruitment work I’ve been doing these last couple years, but I’m super excited about gaining this new experience to add to my resume.
I gave my two-week notice at both jobs on Monday. My last day at my part-time, temp office job will be Friday, June 26th and my last day at my restaurant job will be on Sunday, June 28th. I start my new job on Monday, June 29th!
I just can’t believe it. I’ve been working so hard for this the last couple years– no, since I decided to go back to college in 2007! I went back to school because I had realized I didn’t want to wait tables for the rest of my life. I wanted a 9-5 where I wouldn’t have to work nights and weekends. I wanted a job with benefits and a reliable income. I wanted a Big Kid Job.
After I graduated from college, I took off to South Korea to teach English for a year. It was an amazing life experience and the best thing I could have done right after graduating college. I even thought it would be good work experience to add to my resume! But when I came home, I received a rude awakening: no employers cared about the fact that I sang songs, played games, and read books to little Korean kids for a year. They wanted real work experience. They wanted someone who knew about social media and marketing. They wanted someone who was proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and had general office skills. They wanted someone who knew about event planning and logistics. They wanted someone with relevant job experience, and I didn’t have any. Hell, I barely even knew how to write a cover letter or what to say in an interview.
Once I realized I didn’t have the experience that employers were looking for, I set out to get some. I volunteered. I worked for free. I worked for pennies. I networked. I learned Excel. I read professional development blogs. I asked friends for advice. I joined LinkedIn. I interviewed. I got rejected. I re-wrote my resume. I got rejected again. I got frustrated. I almost gave up…
But I didn’t. And now I have the job that I’ve been wanting since college.
Now that I’ve gotten my full-time job offer and I’ve resigned from both my part-time jobs, I’m eagerly waiting to make the transition. While I wait, I’m thinking about how excited I am to have my nights and weekends off, to go shopping for new work clothes, and to not work in customer service anymore! But most of all, I’m excited to utilize my hard-earned education and work experience to finally get my career started.